Ask Shelley Case: Celiac Disease Awareness Month Resources

Question: Can you suggest some resources that will help me understand more about celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and the gluten-free diet?

Answer: May is celiac awareness month so it is a great time to highlight some resources, guides, information sheets and articles about celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and the gluten-free diet. Explore and enjoy these links. Print them out. Hang them on your refrigerator or bring them grocery shopping with you. Use them as reference for yourself, and also share them with others in order to spread more awareness, visibility and knowledge about celiac disease.

Basics on Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity and the Gluten-Free Diet: If you are looking for a handout that explains the difference between celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, as well as an overview of the gluten-free diet, nutritional concerns, labeling, resources and helpful links– this guide is for you.

A Quick Reference for Allowed & Non-Allowed Foods for the Gluten-Free Diet: The only treatment for celiac disease and gluten sensitivity is a gluten-free diet. And it can get confusing when it comes to what grains are a “GO” and what grains are a “NO”! All forms of wheat, rye and barley must strictly be avoided, including spelt, kamut, einkorn, emmer, faro, durum, couscous, semolina, bulgur and triticale. Barley malt, barley malt extract, barley malt flavor, brewer’s yeast, malt vinegar, as well as barley-based ale, beer and lager must also be avoided. Here is a more detailed list of foods allowed, to avoid and to question.

Looking for Some Facts about Celiac Disease? This blog post addresses 10 facts about celiac disease that will help you understand the disease and better explain it to others.

What is the Difference Between Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity and a Wheat Allergy? This is one of the most common questions I receive. This blog post addresses facts and pointers regarding each of these conditions to help you understand the differences in these somewhat similar, yet very unique medical conditions.

Nutrition and the Gluten-Free Diet? The gluten-free diet can create challenges when it comes to getting the proper nutrients. This chart provides a quick reference and ideas to improve the nutritional quality of your meals and snacks.

Is the Gluten-Free Diet Healthy for Everyone? Gluten-free foods are popping up everywhere and the gluten-free diet is being promoted for everything that ails you. To separate the “wheat from the chaff” you need to check out the facts in this article.

What’s New in the Gluten-Free World? Although there is still a lot we don’t know about celiac disease, there is a lot we do know, thanks to research efforts across the globe. This article recaps some of what we do know about the disease, as well as some important new developments in the gluten-free world.

Finally, as a dietitian specializing in celiac disease and the gluten-free, my mission has been to provide consumers, health professionals, the food industry, media and others with accurate and practical information. One way I’ve accomplished this is through my book, Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide, now in its 4th edition, 9th printing. In addition, my website, newsletter, blog and Q&A columns – like the Ask Shelley Case column on feature lots of free information. Happy reading!

Ask Shelley Case is a feature of It is published the second Tuesday of each month. Shelley Case, RD is a Consulting Dietitian, Speaker and Author of Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide. Visit Shelley and get more gluten-free tips & info at:

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